The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey for the week ending October 25, 2015. The divisional stars of the week is an award given each week of the regular season to the top performing players in each of the six divisions of the NA3HL as nominated by their head coaches.
Central Division Star of the Week: Taylor Dickert, forward, Wisconsin Whalers
The Whalers posted two of their biggest wins of the season last weekend as they picked up a road sweep of the Jr. Blues in St. Louis. Forward Taylor Dickert, 18, posted five points in the two wins and was a +5 in the process. The native of Middleton, WI, began the weekend in style on Saturday with two goals and three assists in a 7-2 win. On Sunday, Dickert (5’9/150) didn’t register a point, but was a +2 in a 6-5 win. In 12 games played this season, Dickert has seven points. “It was great to see Taylor step up and play the way we know he can,” said Wisconsin head coach Tom McDermott.
2nd Star: Tommi Ahlgren, G, North Iowa Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Hall, F, North Iowa Bulls – Ben Ratner, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Dan Toycen, F, La Crosse Freeze – Andrew Wagner, G, La Crosse Freeze
East Division Star of the Week: Austin Turner, forward, Toledo Cherokee
Toledo picked up a weekend home sweep of the Southern Tier Xpress this weekend and forward Austin Turner, 20, was a major factor. The native of Temperance, MI, recorded two goals and an assist in the weekend sweep. On Friday, Turner (6’1/190) had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 4-3 win. On Saturday night, Turner had an assist in a 3-2 shootout win, in which he also scored the shootout-winning goal. For the season, Turner has 21 points in 14 games played to date. “Austin can take his game to another level and he was able to do that this weekend, in order for us to have success he are going to need guys like Austin to keep stepping up for our group,” said Toledo head coach Kenny Miller.
2nd Star: Dakota Ulmer, F, West Michigan Wolves
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Ackerman, F, Pittsburgh Vengeance - Marcus Gloss, G, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Christian Miller, F, Wooster Oilers – Mike Zenone, F, Wooster Oilers
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Grant Martens, goaltender, Helena Bighorns
Helena veteran goalie Grant Martens, 20, was a brick wall this past week as he allowed just two goals in three starts as the Bighorns picked up three valuable wins. The native of Bloomington, MN began the week with 23 saves in a 4-1 road win in Bozeman on Thursday. Martens (6’2/185) followed that up with a 48-save shutout in a 2-0 win in Yellowstone on Saturday. Martens rounded out the weekend with 37 saves on Sunday in a 3-1 win in Yellowstone. For the week, Martens stopped 108 of 110 shots that came his way. "Grant finally played healthy this weekend and showed why he is one of the top goalies in the league. He played all 3 games with confidence and was comfortable within his crease. We killed 26 straight penalties this weekend and he was a huge part of that, keeping our momentum going. Grant is one of the leaders on this team and we are excited to see him continue to improve as a goalie and a person as the season continues,” said Helena head coach Jon Jonasson.
2nd Star: Reed Link, D, Great Falls Americans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zach Heiser, D, Billings Bulls – Tristan Henrichs, F, Billings Bulls – Brendan Jester, F, Great Falls Americans – Cody Vanthournout, D, Helena Bighorns
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Brian Tempel, goaltender, Cincinnati Thunder
The Cincinnati Thunder picked up three of a possible four points this past weekend in a pair of home games against the Peoria Mustangs. Goalie Brian Tempel, 19, was in goal for both and stopped 47 of a possible 50 shots. On Saturday, the native of St. Bernard, OH, stopped 23 of 24 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss. On Saturday, Tempel (6’8/240) made 24 saves in a 4-2 win. It was his first win of the 2015-16 season. “In both games we were a goal down heading into the 3rd period and Brian played a big part in keeping us in the games and giving us a chance to win. He is an extremely big goalie who takes up a lot of the net and he has worked very hard so far this season with our Goalie Coach CJ Groh on his positioning and movement. He has been patient with his opportunities this season and we are very proud to see him take advantage of his starts and earn this honor,” said Thunder head coach Ryan Colville.
2nd Star: Colton Anderson, F, Nashville Jr. Predators
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dominic Caito, D, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Frankie Melton, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Nick Redmon, D, Nashville Jr. Predators
South Division Star of the Week: Kyle Rimbach, forward, Atlanta Capitals
The Atlanta Capitals won four road games this past week and were led by veteran forward Kyle Rimbach. The 20-year-old native of San Diego, CA, had 11 points in the four games, which included multi-point production in each of the four wins. On Thursday, Rimbach (5’10/180) had a goal and an assist in a 10-3 win in Louisiana. On Friday, he chipped in two assists in an 8-1 win against the Drillers. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in a 7-5 win in Sugar Land and on Sunday, he had his best performance of the weekend with a goal and four assists in an 11-3 win in Sugar Land. He was also a +7 for the weekend. "Kyle has been one of our horses so far this season. He's a great leader, and that shows through on and off the ice. He's our Captain, he carries himself like a pro and it's nice to him rewarded for it,” said Atlanta head coach Anthony Bohn.
2nd Star: Cooper Seedot, G, Point Mallard Ducks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Cozzan, F, Sugar Land Imperials – Justin Dunn, F, Point Mallard Ducks - Brandon Perrone, G, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Philip Pugliese, F, Atlanta Capitals – Luca Valenza, F, Sugar Land Imperials
West Division Star of the Week: Nick Blanchette, forward, Breezy Point North Stars
Breezy Point forward Nick Blanchette, 19, helped his club pick up three of four points in a weekend home series against the La Crosse Freeze. The native of Aitkin, MN, had three points in the two wins and was a +2. Blanchette (6’5/205) went scoreless in a 3-2 shootout loss on Friday, but was a +1. On Saturday, Blanchette had two goals, including the game-winner and an assist in a 4-2 win. In 11 games played this season, Blanchette has four points. “Nick's play this weekend is what we have been looking for from him all year. He scored some big goals for our team this week. He has been working hard all year and his hard work is starting to pay off which brings him and the team success. We look forward to seeing more grow and leadership as the season goes,” said North Stars head coach Jeff Worlton.
2nd Star: Kyle Wendorf, F, Minnesota Flying Aces
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luc Kreuser, F, Twin City Steel – Spencer Nelson, D, Granite City Lumberjacks – Tre Opack, F, Minnesota Flying Aces – John Suess, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Sean Viti, D, Breezy Point North Stars